Clay Buchholz SP BOS 3 days ago

Buchholz allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in Friday night's 4-2 loss to Cleveland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Buchholz's numbers are not pretty, but most of his starts have been muddied up by one bad inning, particularly early in games -- hitters have a 1.136 OPS in the first inning against him and a 1.032 OPS in the second. Friday started well for the right-hander, who was staked to an early lead and weaved his way through the first two innings before an inside fastball leaked over the plate in the third inning and Jason Kipnis wiped out Boston's advantage with a three-run homer. Buchholz has surrendered nine homers in 51.2 innings, which might not be hideous, but men are on base when he's giving them up. Buchholz has walked 24 batters -- nearly four walks per nine innings. After Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) had an encouraging bullpen session Friday, the clock is ticking on Buchholz's stay in the rotation.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 7 days ago

Buchholz should remain in Boston's starting rotation for the foreseeable future after Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) experienced a setback while rehabbing.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rodriguez had his scheduled start Friday scrapped, but is expected to throw a bullpen that day after a couple days to rest the knee. Pending how long it takes Rodriguez to get past the pain and feels confident in the knee, Buchholz will remain in the rotation at least for the next two weeks -- maybe longer if the Red Sox have to restart Rodriguez's rehab clock.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 week ago

Manager John Farrell said Sunday that Buchholz will remain in the Red Sox's rotation, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Buchholz was blasted for five runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Astros, inflating his season ERA to 6.11. While the fact that Farrell felt the need to give the right-hander a vote of confidence isn't encouraging, the Red Sox don't exactly have many attractive replacement options waiting in the wings, which should give Buchholz at least one or two starts to turn things around.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 week ago

Buchholz surrendered seven hits, five earned runs and three walks over six innings in Saturday's 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Astros. He struck out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for the struggling pitcher over his 105 pitches. While he did secure first-pitch strikes on 18 of the 27 hitters he faced-- and induced 14 swinging strikes-- he also surrendered two more homers, and gave up five earned runs for the fourth time in a start this season. While manager John Farrell had given Buchholz a vote of confidence prior to Saturday's start, the fact remains that the 31-year-old pitcher has only produced quality starts in two of his eight trips to the mound in 2016.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 week ago

Buchholz's spot in the rotation is not in jeopardy, according to manager John Farrell, the Boston Globe reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With both Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) and Joe Kelly (shoulder) nearing returns, there isn't two obvious rotation spots available. Sean O'Sullivan will start Sunday is a near-certainty to be returned to Triple-A Pawtucket, which will open one rotation spot. Steven Wright has pitched well enough to remain in the rotation, leaving many to speculate about Buchholz's hold on a spot. Despite a 5.90 ERA, Farrell hasn't gone so far as to say his spot is in jeopardy. "Just go out and pitch to his capabilities," the manager said.

"He had a very good bullpen yesterday. We've got a couple guys that are getting closer in their progression to get back to us. So it's just, 'Clay, go take the ball and pitch to your capabilities and everything will work out.'" Buchholz will toe the rubber Saturday against Houston.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Buchholz allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two in five innings, but picked up his second win of the season in Monday night's win over Oakland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Buchholz can thank Boston's offense for the win after it put up a six-spot against Athletics ace Sonny Gray in the bottom of the fourth. To that point, Buchholz's fastball wasn't getting over for strikes, and he had allowed runs in each of the first three innings. He was removed after throwing just 87 pitches. Despite the win, his ERA rose to 5.90 and he's not out of the woods yet. He needs to be better if he's to remain in the rotation. He'll get another two starts at least before Boston decides how to integrate Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) and Joe Kelly (shoulder).

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Buchholz (1-3) finally picked up a win in his sixth start of the year Wednesday, holding the White Sox to two runs on just three hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After Buchholz was shellacked for 20 runs on 31 hits in 27.2 innings to open the year, expectations had to be at rock bottom as he took the mound in Chicago, but he shocked everyone with by far his best start of the year. It didn't look like things would turn out that way at first -- Buchholz started the game by giving up a two-run homer to Jose Abreu in the first inning. However, the White Sox ended up getting only one more hit off him the rest of the way. Although this outing can give fantasy owners a little ray of hope, Buchholz is going to have to show us considerably more before he's back in the circle of trust.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 3 weeks ago1 Comment

Red Sox manager John Farrell said getting Buchholz going is an "improvement that we could make," Mass Live reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In responding to a question about the team's overall performance in April, the manager took the unusual step of discussing an individual player's performance. That's not like Farrell, who has gone way out of his way in the past to protect players. By calling out Buchholz, who has a 6.51 ERA with 31 hits and 13 walks in 27.2 innings, the manager has put the scuffling right-hander on notice. With two injured starters -- Eduardo Rodriguez and Joe Kelly -- at various stages of rehab, Buchholz hasn't pitched well enough to retain his spot in the rotation when the injured starters are ready.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 4 weeks ago

Buchholz allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks while striking out two in 6.1 innings in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Buchholz battled command from the first inning to his last, and for the fourth time in five starts he allowed five runs, leaving his ERA at 6.51. After the game, he lamented his inability to throw strikes when he needed. He's a notoriously streaky pitcher, so at some point, the right-hander will pitch closer to his career 3.90 ERA.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 month ago

Buchholz allowed five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Buchholz, who has historically pitched well against Houston, was looking good through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. With the bases loaded, he left a two-seam fastball out over the plate that Colby Rasmus deposited into the seats. The Red Sox are now 0-4 in games started by Buchholz, who has allowed five runs in three of those starts.